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International Artists

Created and managed by Acme Studios since 1987, the Acme Studios International Residencies Programme (Acme IRP) enables international governments, cultural agencies and foundations to offer artists major work/live residencies in London.

On behalf of our partner institutions, Acme IRP acts as a strategic advisor and representative, negotiating accommodation, workspace and services, and providing social and cultural support for visiting residents.

Visiting residents are practising artists, curators, writers, musicians, composers, designers and architects. All residencies are based in East London, an area which has become the centre for visual artists' studios and galleries, attracting people from all over the world. Visiting residency holders are selected by the relevant partner organisations.

Through supporting artists to undertake a developmental residency in London, organisations also underpin their own cultural, social and developmental policy objectives within an international context. Acme IRP works closely with its partners to ensure that residency programmes successfully deliver long-term benefits to both the artist and the institution.

If you are an artist interested in applying directly to Acme for a residency in London please visit our Associate Artist Residency page.

However, if you are resident in one of the following countries and would like to apply for an organisational residency please contact the relevant organisation via their website. We currently manage 22 residencies annually, working with six partner institutions from: 


Australia Council for the Arts


Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec (CALQ)


Hessische Kulturstiftung 




Aargauer Kuratorium

Landis & Gyr Stiftung



If you are an organisation interested in discussing how Acme IRP can help your organisation establish a London Residency Programme, please see Establishing residencies for artists in London in 'Further Reading'. Or to discuss your specific needs, please contact:

Lea O’Loughlin
Senior International Residencies Programme Manager (on maternity leave until August 2016)

Laura Martin
International Residencies Programme Officer

Acme IRP
44 Copperfield Road,
Bow, London, E3 4RR
T 00 44 (0)20 8981 6811

‘how permanent is permanent’ by Sophie Jodoin (CALQ)
‘how permanent is permanent’ by Sophie Jodoin (CALQ)
‘The World Turned Upside Down’ by Love Enqvist (Iaspis)
‘Crossing Lines’ by Guan Wei (Australia Council for the Arts)
'Gloss' by Tiffany Parbs (Australia Council for the Arts)
'Finesse' by Craig Leonard (Canada Council for the Arts)


General member of Res Artis - Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies

General member of Res Artis - Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies

Further Reading

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